Theme: People

What a Nobel Prize Economist Can Tell Agile Teams

Elinor Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics for her eight design principles for sustainably managing shared resources. These principles have since been successfully applied to self-organized governance systems to create effective communication, internal trust and reciprocity, This talk will show how these principles can be applied self-managing Agile teams to engage with enterprise stakeholders .... more »

Theme: People

Agile is an art and Agile Coach is an artist, be an awesome one!

I was listening to an interview with a well known DJ years ago. The interviewer has asked the DJ what kind of music would he enjoy listening to. The DJ responded that he wouldn't enjoy listening to music anymore. He used to enjoy music before becoming a DJ. Now that he became a DJ, he had to listen to all kind of music and in many genres. He needed to do that to be able to energize the crowd that he was playing music... more »

Theme: People

How FACTUAL Are You? Scaling Agile Demands That You Are!

Lean-Agile organizations that have demonstrated success at scale share a common set of key characteristics. These characteristics are tied to the adoption of Lean and Agile Values and Principles. This lightning talk introduces the FACTUAL framework which I've used successfully coaching organizations in scaling Agile for the past four years. The framework provides a light weight approach for leaders and change agents... more »

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22 votes

Theme: People

Servant Leadership – Don’t forget the leadership part

When we talk about Servant Leadership, we cite Greenleaf’s First Test of Servant Leadership – addressing the high priority need of others before anything else. We ignore the other 10 aspects of Leadership that are an integral part of Servant Leadership. Over focusing on the “servant” part scares off good managers before they can understand how to be true leaders. In this Pecha Kucha style presentation, we will explore... more »

Theme: People

#Hansei: reflections that drives improvement

Hansei is a japanese word that can be translated as reflection, introspection or even meditation. The first time I heard that word I was 5 or 6 years old. I used to spend a lot of time in my grandfather’s house at that time and every time I made some mischief, he used to tell me “hansei-shinasai” (do hansei). Several years later while I was reading about Toyota, I found the word again explained as a fundamental step for... more »

Theme: Technical

Developing, Fast and Slow

One of the daily challenges we face as developers is staying focussed on the problem we are trying to solve. A solution came to me from a book by a Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman: we have to increase our thinking stamina by automating everything that adds cognitive load. With this quick talk I will take you through some of his ideas on how the mind works, and then share my views on how they apply to... more »

Theme: People

The Virtue of Coercion

Someone named Timothy Turnstone submitted this intriguing talk to the Agile2015 conference. I am eager to comment on it in some detail. The proposed session and related comments follow....please note the intriguing comments from Tobias Mayer, Ron Jeffries, Harrison Owen, and many others..... The Virtue of Coercion Presenter: Tim Turnstone Track: Enterprise Agile Source Link (for reference): https://submissions.agilealliance.org/sessions/3408... more »

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4 votes

Theme: People

Why your Agile transformation needs an "Island of Misfit Toys"!

The Lightning Talk will discuss the difference in mindsets based on our own "lens" to the world, extending beyond the black&blue vs. white&gold dress example. The concept of Farmers vs. Hunters will be shared in relation to what Thomas Hartmann presents in his book on ADD - A Different Perception. I'll offer a fun hypothesis for "AAADD" as a multi-generational "affliction" based on technology becoming ubiquitous. But... more »

Theme: Process

How to be a Lean Startup in an Enterprise

Be a lean startup in a big organization? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Yet to stay alive in today's transparent and interconnected world, big organizations must be lean. Let's talk about practical solutions to help your team get ideas to customers fast, learn, fail fast and pivot before you make it a production solution -- like a lean startup has to do." In this talk, Kelli Houston, an Agile Transformation Lead at IBM,... more »

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26 votes

Theme: Process

CONNECTING Rally, Jira, & TFS into ONE Agile Portfolio Rollup!

At Equifax we had the Tooling "Holy War" of Agile software and ultimately chose to preserve the right of our Agile teams to work the way that they preferred: 1. .NET folks insisted on TFS with the Visual Studio IDE integration. 2. Jira teams had learned the Greenhopper bolt-on to the bug tracker. 3. Rally users preferred the more natural alignment with Scaled Agile and business-friendly usability. Software vendors... more »

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18 votes

Theme: Process

Take Back Agile (to it's lightweight productive roots)

Are we getting tired of the kind of "agile" where you don't really have any particular technical practices, change (and improvement) is entirely optional, and you pretty much do waterfall with additional overhead of meetings? Are we tired of seeing "sprints" and "iterations" used as ways to pressure people into working harder and longer ("pushing velocity"), with no training or learning or even autonomy? Are n-week death... more »

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8 votes

Theme: Technical

If statements are evil!

If statements are one of the first programming constructs we learn - so they feel very natural, in fact, they seem essential. But more often than than not, the simple 'if' statement signals a missed abstraction or a missing class. I will show how viewing 'if' statements through the lens of SOLID design principles can lead to refactored code where the 'if' statements almost magically disappear. And the resulting design... more »

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6 votes

Theme: Technical

Solving the global debt crisis - technical debt that is.

Our world is awash in technical debt. This is a tough problem and one that will at some point, if it hasn't already, result in catastrophe. As an agile coach and trainer I spend a large amount of time and effort helping people unlearn poor programming practices. And many of these poor practices were framed as 'best practices' when they learned to code. This is wasteful. I want to share my ideas on how to solve this.... more »